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At Thanksgiving, you are working on the smoked turkey, the sides, the desserts and the last thing you want is hungry relatives asking every 5 minutes “how much longer until the turkey is finished”!
I try to plan well but sometimes it just takes longer than it usually does for some reason, and if I can keep everyone happy with delicious smoked appetizers, it sure makes my job a lot more fun.
Most of these appetizers can be made ahead of time and it will make your Thanksgiving as stress free as possible.
These are a few of my favorites to serve before the TG meal but if you want to peruse even more, here's all of my smoked appetizers
Cherry Smoked Pig Candy with Bourbon – Bacon Nirvana
Pig candy is nothing new but it does take things up about 5000 notches when you make it in the smoker. The last time I wrote about this I simply used my rub and brown sugar on the outside as a dry mixture. This time I made a glaze from bourbon, brown sugar, maple syrup and of course, my original rub, to give it a kick in the pants. You'll love this stuff and I dare you to try and eat just one piece!
Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Meatballs
These smoked meatballs are made with lots of cheddar cheese and more jalapeno than you'd normally add to a meatball. As if that's not enough, they are stuffed with cream cheese. I wanted these to be small enough to pop in your mouth so as to get the full effect as you bite down into it.
Smoked Potato Chips
Who would have thought that something like smoked potato chips would be so amazingly good? I just had to try it and, as luck would have it, it worked out and the smoke flavor does something to the potato chips that you just have to experience for yourself.
Smoked Cheetos® Puffs
On a mere whim, I went to my local grocery store the other day and picked up a large bag of Cheetos® Puffs– the idea had come to me to try adding a little smoke to them and I just had to try it.
Smoked Cream Cheese
Smoked cream cheese is soft, warm and delicious and it may just change your life as you know it!
Smoked Pig Shots: Big Cheddar and Onion
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